17obama-scranton533I have a Boston friend who is, as my grandmother used to say, “as Irish as Murphy’s cow”. She’s more than just Boston Irish, she’s “connected” Boston Irish, as in a Godmother in the Murphia. The tentacles of her influence and connection extend across the “pond” to Ireland where she visits frequently and has a vast network of family and friends. So when she wrote to give me the scoop on how our new President was being received in Ireland, well, I accept her word on its own authority.

She says the Irish view of President Barack Obama can best be summed up in this music video. It had me rolling on the ground and not just at the way the Irish pronounce his name “Bear-ACK O’Bama”. You’ll find the words below, should you want to sing along and do a little “Riverdance” step as well.

No one as Irish as Barack OBama

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

You don’t believe me, I hear you say
But Barack’s as Irish, as was JFK
His granddaddy’s daddy came from Moneygall
A small Irish village, well known to you all

 

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

He’s as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew
He’s Hawaiian he’s Kenyan American too
He’s in the white house, He took his chance
Now let’s see Barack do Riverdance

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

From Kerry and cork to old Donegal
Let’s hear it for Barack from old moneygall
From the lakes if Killarney to old Connemara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama
From the old blarney stone to the great hill of Tara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

2008 the white house is green, their cheering in Mayo and in Skibereen.
The Irish in Kenya, and in Yokahama,
Are cheering for President Barack O’Bama

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

The Hockey Moms gone, and so is McCain
They are cheering in Texas and in Borrisokane,

In Moneygall town, the greatest of drama, for our Famous president Barack o Bama

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

 

The great Stephen Neill, a great man of God,
He proved that Barack was from the Auld Sod
They came by bus and they came by car, to celebrate Barack in Ollie Hayes’s Bar

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

By the way, should you find yourself in Boston and want to arrange a charter around Boston Bay, check out Maureen’s company at Smooth Sailing Yacht Charters. Did I mention that this gal is connected?

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